Village of WestClay’s Basket Pizzazz Creates Unique, Personalized Gift Baskets
When looking for a unique, heartfelt gift, sometimes it helps to think outside of the box and look into a basket. That’s the idea behind Sherri Klain’s business, Basket Pizzazz.
Tucked within the Village of WestClay, Basket Pizzazz is a one-stop shop where you can create personalized gift baskets filled with almost any kind of goodie imaginable. Customers can walk around and fill up their shopping baskets with the perfect trinkets and gourmet snacks for their recipients. Then staff will use those items to create a beautiful, creatively designed gift basket. And if you’re short on time, or just not into choosing each product yourself, Klain and her staff can assemble one for you.
“We build custom gift baskets from scratch for individuals that call, walk in or do website orders,” Klain says. “We also do loads of corporate gifting as well. All my employees can create any type of gift you may be looking for to fulfill your specific needs and budget.”
Klain takes pride in the products that she offers at Basket Pizzazz. The items are all hand-picked and high-quality. She looks for products that not only taste, smell or feel good but that also have nice packaging and will look good in a gift basket.
“We carry all sorts of items in the store,” Klain says. “Everything from gourmet chocolates and bulk candy to gift items like spa products, candles, wine glasses, pajama pants, picture frames, wall signs and sassy socks.”
Not to mention balloons, cards, cheese and crackers, pretzels and dips, soup mixes, dips, spreads, adult drink mixes and gourmet cookies. “We have a lot packed into our little store,” Klain says.
Klain got her start in the gift business in 1995 when she helped her mother-in-law operate a flower and gift basket business in Carmel called In Bloom Flowers and Gift Baskets. In 1998, she took some time off to start a family, but once her children grew older, she decided that it was time to get back into the basket business.
“I did some research, and I found that there was a need in the marketplace for artfully designed gift baskets that looked like more than just items placed in a container,” Klain says.
In 2009, Klain established Basket Pizzazz.
“I have always tried to make people happy, and what better way to do that than to give someone a gift?” she says.
Klain chose Carmel’s WestClay neighborhood to open her basket business, partly because she and her family live in Carmel. The Carmel neighborhood is home to several other locally-owned businesses.
“We decided that this area would be the perfect place for a specialty boutique like this because kids could ride their bikes here for treats, and adults would have a fast and convenient place to shop for gifts for all occasions,” she says.
The brick-and-mortar store is located in Carmel, but Basket Pizzazz delivers all over Indianapolis, as well as the United States and overseas. Klain says that she makes baskets for many people every day, including corporate customers who send gift baskets all year long for new hires, new babies, retirements and thank-you gifts to employees and clients.
One of the great things about choosing to give a gift basket is that you can customize it in a million different ways. For the wine and cheese lover, Klain suggests adding a wine glass, some cocktail napkins and cheese and crackers, among other items. Basket Pizzazz’s most popular gift baskets usually include chocolate, and they offer a wide selection of gourmet chocolate truffles to choose from.
“Candy gift baskets are always a great go-to gift for any age group,” Klain says.
Klain continues to see her gift basket business flourish and enjoys spending her days creating gifts that make people happy.
“I am happy to say that once people find Basket Pizzazz, they keep coming back,” Klain says. “We do everything in our power to make it an easy and pleasurable shopping experience for everyone. Nine years later, we are still going strong and growing every day.”
Basket Pizzazz is located at 2159 Glebe St. in Carmel. For more info, visit basketpizzazz.com or call 317-564-4888.